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Criminology at the ANU is multidisciplinary. We have a world class reputation for high quality research in crime and justice. Undergraduate students can study criminology as part of our flagship Bachelor of Criminology program, or as a Major or Minor within the Bachelor of Arts

We bring together experts from across the university in sociology, psychology, law, political science, demography, social policy, computer science and economics.

Our aim is to engage nationally and internationally on the frontiers of crime and justice by focusing on key issues that shape modern crime and justice policy. We push boundaries in how we conceptualise, understand, and evaluate crime to improve outcomes for ordinary citizens.

We offer opportunities for faculty to collaborate with our international partners at UCL Department of Security and Crime Science (University College London), Nanjing University (China), Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) and NTU (Singapore).

Our Research

  • Evaluating Drug Courts -- Jason Payne and Toni Makkai
  • Estimating the Cost of Policing Alcohol -- Matthew Manning, Jason Payne and Toni Makkai
  • Cost Benefit Analysis of UK Policing -- Matthew Manning
  • Reliability Analysis of Criminological Methods -- Jason Payne
  • Corruption and Sport -- Adam Masters
  • Anti-corruption Techniques -- Adam Masters
  • Recidivism Modelling -- Jason Payne and Roderic Broadhurst

Our affiliations

  • ANU Cybercrime Observatory
  • ANU Transnational Research Institute on Corruption (TRIC)



Dr Jason L. Payneno photo available

Senior Lecturer and Convener of Undergraduate Criminology
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Jason is Senior Lecturer and Convener of Undergraduate Criminology. He is a PhD graduate of the Australian National University (ANU). He also holds a Bachelor in Social Science (Criminology) and a Master of Public Policy (Policy Analysis). Prior to his appointment at the ANU, Dr Payne was the Research Manager of the Violent and Serious Crime Monitoring Program (VSCM) at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). During his 12 years at the AIC, he was Principal or Co-investigator on a number of key AIC research and consultancy projects.

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Professor Toni Makkaino photo available

Emeritus Professor

Toni has a strong commitment to research led education, research that improves the social and political wellbeing of our community, and the application of quantitative methods to evaluate crime and justice programs. From her prior position as the Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian Government’s national research agency on crime and justice, she brings significant administrative and research experience. She is also involved in community engagement as Deputy President of the Ted Noffs Foundation.

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Professor Roderic Broadhurstno photo available

Professor of Criminology

Rod is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (Phd) and University of Cambridge (M.Phil) and formerly with the Department of Corrective Services and Health Service in Western Australia. Appointed Senior Fellow, Crime Research Centre at the University of Western Australia in 1990. In 1994 he was lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong where he was secretary and later Chair of the Hong Kong Society of Criminology. In 2005 he left Hong Kong to take a post at the QUT as Head of School of Justice, followed by visiting Professor Griffith University in 2008. In 2009 he was appointed Professor at the Australian National University Regulatory Institutions Network and Fellow of the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies.

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Dr Adam Mastersno photo available


Adam joined the ANU following a 24-year career with the Australian government. His public sector career included time at the Department of Defence, the Australian Taxation Office and 18 years with the Australian Federal Police. While at the AFP, Adam spent close to a decade as team leader with the National Central Bureau of Interpol and two years teaching counter-terrorism investigations at the AFP College. In mid-2009, Adam changed direction to pursue an academic career and, since 2010, he has worked with the ANU Transnational Research Institute on Corruption (TRIC). Dr Masters' current research and teaching focuses on corruption and anti-corruption, particularly in rich countries, transnational organized crime and the influence of culture on international organisations.

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Dr Gavin Smithno photo available

Senior Lecturer and Convener of Undergraduate Sociology

Gavin joined ANU in 2012. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Sydney and a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at City University London. Prior to joining the academy, he completed an ESRC-funded PhD (2009) at The University of Aberdeen on the culture of CCTV operation. he holds, from the same university, an MA in Sociology and an MRes in Social Research Methods.

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Dr Michael Roettgerno photo available

Lecturer in Criminology and Demography

Mike completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. Prior to arriving at ANU in 2015, he has held university faculty appointments in the U.S. at Bowling Green State University, The University of Colorado, and Penn State University. Trained in social and family demography, applied research methods, and criminology, Roettger's research examines long term outcomes associated with a parent undergoing incarceration, inequality related to crime and punishment, and how social environments shape risks for genetic propensities for health and problem behaviors. Roettger has methodological expertise in analysis of longitudinal panel data and evaluating randomized clinical trials for behavioural interventions, publishing in a range of leading field journals in sociology, epidemiology, criminology, and psychology.   He has collaborated widely on a range of research projects.

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Professor Shane Johnson is a Professor and Deputy Head of Department at the UCL Department for Security and Crime Science. He was previously a lecturer in Forensic Psychology and before that a senior research fellow at the University of Liverpool. Professor Johnson has worked within the fields of criminology and forensic psychology for over 15 years, and has particular interests in exploring how methods from other disciplines (e.g. complexity science) can inform understanding of crime and security issues, and the extent to which theories developed to explain everyday crimes can explain more extreme events such as riots, maritime piracy and insurgency.  He has conducted work for a variety of sponsors including the AHRC, ESRC, Home Office, UK police forces, the Department for the Environment & Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Education & Skills (DfES) and British Academy. Professor Johnson has published over 80 papers within the fields of criminology and forensic psychology in journals including Criminology, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, the British Journal of Criminology, and Law and Human Behavior. His work has been covered in the press including the Economist , New Scientist and the Guardian

Professor Richard Wortley has a PhD in psychology, and worked as a prison psychologist for ten years before moving to academia. He was head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University (Australia) for 9 years, and is a past national Chair of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Forensic Psychologists. His research interests centre on environmental criminology and situational crime prevention. In recent years his research has been particularly concerned with the role that immediate environments play in facilitating child sexual abuse. He has been a chief investigator on 8 national competitive grants in Australia with total finding of around $Aus2 million.



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